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Stranger Things' Gaten Matarazzo Discusses His Rare Genetic Disorder: 'I Need a Lot of Surgery'

Stranger Things' Gaten Matarazzo Discusses His Rare Genetic Disorder: 'I Need a Lot of Surgery'

Gaten Matarazzo, the young actor who plays Dustin on the Netflix series Stranger Things, is opening up about his battle with the rare genetic disorder cleidocranial dysostosis.

“It’s a condition where you’re born without your collarbones,” the 14-year-old actor said during an appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show (via EW). “I don’t have any. It affects your facial growth, your skull growth, your teeth — that’s why I don’t have any [teeth], these are fake right here. I have teeth, but they’re all baby teeth. I need a lot of surgery.”

“I have a really mild case and a lot of people have it much worse than I do,” Gaten added. “I feel like putting it into the show has really raised awareness for it. And I’m lucky that mine is very mild, but now that it’s in my genes… it’s usually passed on by genes, it wasn’t for me, it just happened. So now that it’s in my genes, I have a 50 percent chance of passing it down in my genes and it could be much worse for them.”

Gaten says that the creators of Stranger Things decided to make his condition a part of the show and he is glad to showcase it on the series.

“I just wanna raise awareness for it and let people know it’s not something that they should be afraid of showing,” he said.

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  • Faith + 1

    Stranger Things is a good show 👍 and Gaten seems to be a cool guy.

  • xyz

    Its about MK ULTRA/mind control, doofus!

  • xyz

    Well, congratulate ur idiot breeders then, kid! Cant call them parents for they arent. I hope u wont make the same mistake they did when u will grow up.

  • disqus_1375TlA8SF

    Did you not read the article? He said his parents lacked the gene for cleidocranial dysostosis and that it just happened by chance. Please tell me how his parents made a mistake?

  • Veronika

    Shut the fuck up you ignorant asshole.. and learn how to read FFS!

  • Camden Coxon

    I never would have guessed he had some kind of disorder, I just thought he had speech impediment. Good for him to still pursue acting as a career, many people wouldn’t have the courage to pursue such a public profession. I am bias however, I love all the Stranger Things kids…I basically want to hug them all :-)

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